Jan 6 hearings today: Trump ‘criminal activity’ established, Democrats say, as new session targets ‘big lie’

Liz Cheney tells Republicans defending rioters: ‘When Trump is gone, your dishonour will remain’

The January 6 House select committee’s held its first prime-time hearing on Thursday, featuring bombshell revelations introduced by Reps Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney.

Now the panel is scheduled to hold its next hearing at 10am ET on Monday 13 June, including testimony from Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, Bill Stepien, among others.

Mr Trump expressed his rage after the committee played excerpts of interviews with his former Attorney General Bill Barr, daughter Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Mr Trump called Mr Barr “weak” and a “coward” after he told the House panel that Mr Trump’s false claims of a stolen election was “bulls***”.

Ms Trump, one of her father’s most trusted advisors, also said she didn’t think the 2020 election was stolen and respects Barr. Her father countered she had “checked out” before the 2020 election and was being deferential to Barr.

Meanwhile, the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post published a harsh editorial accusing Mr Trump of being a “prisoner of his own ego”.

In her opening statement, GOP lawmaker Ms Cheney, noted a number of her party sought pardons from Mr Trump for their part in trying to overturn the election: “Tonight, I say this to my Republican colleagues who are defending the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonour will remain.”

Some 20 million Americans tuned in to watch, ratings show — equivalent to the audience for Sunday Night Football. That figure does not include streaming services.

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Documentary filmmaker who testified: ‘It took us a while to process what we’d even seen’

ICYMI: Nick Quested, the documentary filmmaker who testified before the House January 6 committee last week, reflected on the shocking footage he captured on the day of the Capitol attack, in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.

“It took us a while to process what we’d even seen,” Mr Quested told the programme, adding that he was accustomed to covering political violence abroad but not at home in the US.

Graeme Massie13 June 2022 05:11

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Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien to testify today

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien will testify before the January 6 House select committee on Monday.

Mr Stepien who had taken over the Trump campaign in 2020, had allegedly spread the messaging which “included the promotion of certain false claims related to voting machines despite an internal campaign memo in which campaign staff determined such claims were false,” the committee had said while isssuing a subpoeana to him.

Along with Mr Stepien, Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News political editor will also appear before the committee, reported ABC News.

Mr Stirewalt had been fired after he defended the network’s early projection that the incumbent president had lost Arizona on election night.

(FILE) Trump’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien listens as the then president visits his campaign headquarters in Arlington

(AFP via Getty Images)

Sravasti Dasgupta13 June 2022 04:51

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GOP Rep Kinzinger: It was ‘obvious’ Trump knew he lost in 2020

GOP Rep Adam Kinzinger, who serves on the January 6 committee, told CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday that it was “obvious” Donald Trump knew he lost the 2020 election, but that the former president simply “didn’t want to lose”.

Graeme Massie13 June 2022 04:03

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Trump ‘knew risk of violence’ but ‘incited the mob anyway’

Congressman Adam Schiff took to Twitter on Sunday to slam one-term president Donald Trump, ahead of Monday’s second public hearing of the January 6 Committee.

“Trump knew the risk of violence on January 6. But he incited the mob anyway. Then watched as it fought for him, and threatened to kill his vice president. Trump didn’t try to stop them or demand they disperse. Because they were there for him. And that was all that mattered,” tweeted Mr Schiff, a Democrat from California.

Graeme Massie13 June 2022 03:01

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Jan 6 panel says evidence it gathered enough to indict Trump

Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot say they’ve uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Jan 6 panel says evidence it gathered enough to indict Trump

Members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot say they’ve uncovered enough evidence for the Justice Department to consider an unprecedented criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump for seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election

Graeme Massie13 June 2022 02:14

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Kinzinger vows to show evidence of GOP members of Congress asking Trump for pardons

RepAdam Kinzinger is promising to provide solid evidence to prove the claims of the January 6 committee’s chairman and vice chair, Bennie Thomspon and Liz Cheney, regarding efforts by GOP members of Congress to seek pardons from Donald Trump.

The assertion that a number of Republicans in the House, including Rep Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, made behind-the-scenes requests for then-President Donald Trump to issue blanket pardons freeing them of any legal liability for the assault on Congress was one of several stunning moments that occurred during Thursday’s hearing. Mr Perry was the only member of Congress to be named by the committee that day, though Ms Cheney noted that there was evidence of “multiple” others seeking the same deal.

John Bowden has the details.

Graeme Massie13 June 2022 01:02

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January 6 committee’s second hearing will focus on Trump’s ‘Big Lie’

The House January 6 select committee’s next hearing will largely focus on showing that former president Donald Trump knew he had legitimately lost the 2020 election when he began spreading the lies which culminated in the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814, but nonetheless mounted an extensive campaign of propaganda and frivolous litigation to convince his supporters that he was the true victor.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.

Graeme Massie12 June 2022 23:55

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Schiff says January 6 committee has ‘credible evidence’ against Trump DOJ should investigate

Members of the January 6 committee on Sunday indicated that they believed their panel had gathered evidence sufficient enough to warrant a criminal indictment of Donald Trump for charges or a charge related to his role in the attack on Congress.

Reps Adam Schiff and Jamie Raskin, two Democrats on the panel, made the comments in separate interviews this weekend on CBS’s Face the Nation and CNN’s State of the Union.

John Bowden has the story.

Graeme Massie12 June 2022 23:32

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What’s next for the January 6 panel?

ICYMI: The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol has laid out a roadmap for the hearings this month as it examines President Donald Trump‘s responsibility for the melee and the damage that resulted for law enforcement officers, members of Congress and others in attendance that day.

The next round of hearings won’t take place in prime time like the debut on Thursday, but lawmakers will go into greater detail about specific aspects of the insurrection.

Here’s a snapshot of what the committee says is ahead:

Graeme Massie12 June 2022 23:01

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GOP lawmaker confronted Lauren Boebert for tweeting Pelosi’s movement during riot

A far-right congresswoman who has been blamed by critics on the left for supposedly coordinating with rioters during the January 6 attack was confronted just days after the riot for some of her actions during the siege.

John Bowden has the story.

Graeme Massie12 June 2022 22:05